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1950: Communist spy jailed for 14 years
Nuclear scientist Klaus Fuchs is sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for espionage.

1954: US tests hydrogen bomb in Bikini
The biggest explosion ever made by man is witnessed in the Pacific when US scientists explode their second H-bomb at Bikini Atoll.

1994: West charged as death toll mounts
Fred West is charged with two further murders following the discovery of more human remains in the garden of his Gloucester home.

1973: Palestinian gunmen hold diplomats in Sudan
The armed Palestinian group Black September has seized the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum.

1971: Workers down tools over union rights
Hundreds of thousands of workers across Britain take part in an unofficial day of protest against the government's new industrial relations Bill.

1966: Britain to go decimal in 1971
Chancellor of the Exchequer James Callaghan confirms the "historic and momentous" decision to change over to decimal coinage.

1990: Secrets act gags whistleblowers
Whistleblowers and journalists will, from today, risk criminal prosecution if they reveal information viewed as damaging to the defence of the UK.


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27 February
Top Story: 2002: Hindus die in train fire

28 February
Top Story: 1986: Swedish prime minister assassinated

29 February
Top Story: 1960: Thousands dead in Moroccan earthquake

2 March
Top Story: 1991: Sri Lankan hardliner among 19 killed in blast

3 March
Top Story: 1974: Turkish jet crashes killing 345

4 March
Top Story: 1976: Guilty verdict for 'Maguire Seven'


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